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State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) operates under federal regulations governing the National Historical Publication and Records Commission (NHPRC) and serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning in the state. The State Historical Records Coordinator, who is appointed by the Governor, serves as Chairman of the Board. Members of the Board, who are appointed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), review grant applications submitted by Pennsylvania institutions by the NHPRC and also seek to facilitate cooperation among historical records repositories around state.


SHRAB Mission

The Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board provides leadership and advocacy for the Commonwealth's documentary heritage. Its mission is to foster the preservation and accessibility of historically valuable records and to promote public awareness and appreciation of this enduring legacy. The SHRAB carries out its mission by encouraging institutions to apply for NHPRC grants; developing advisory services to improve historical records programs; identifying sources of funding and support; promoting cooperation and partnerships; and developing educational programs.


SHRAB Vision

The "common wealth" of Pennsylvania is a documentary heritage that is preserved, valued, and accessible to all present and future generations of our citizens. A strong and visible State Historical Records Advisory Board provides the leadership to preserve and promote the historical record of the people of Pennsylvania.


Contact Information

Cindy Bendroth, State Historical Records Deputy Coordinator
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090
717-783-5796 Fax: 717-787-4822


SHRAB Advisory Board


State Historical Records Coordinator

David Carmicheal, Director
Bureau of Archives and History


Deputy Coordinator

Cindy Bendroth, Chief
Records Services Division


Class of 2021

Member terms expire at the end of February during the class year.

Heidi Mays
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

John Paul Deley
Director, Detre Library and Archives
Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

Sally Flaherty
Social Studies Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Curriculum

Class of 2020

Member terms expire at the end of February during the class year.

Jim Beidler
Genealogy Consultant

Ed Galloway
Head, Archives Service Center
University of Pitt Library System

Stacey Peeples
Curator-Lead Archivist
Pennsylvania Hospital

Class of 2019

Member terms expire at the end of February during the class year.

Heidi Abbey Moyer
Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections
Harrisburg Library, Pennsylvania State University

Nancy Avolese

Benjamin Goldman
Digital Records Archivist &
Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarian for Technological Innovations
Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh
Elizabethtown College   

Marilyn Parrish
University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
Millersville University

 Jack McCarthy

 Martina Soden
Head of Reference Services
Scranton Public Library